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COVID-19: Latest entry requirements to China

Navigating how to visit China during the pandemic is no easy feat, as it has some entry restrictions in place, just like the majority of countries around the world. To top it off, the situation is changing on a day-to-day basis and for individual countries, so it’s difficult to know if you’re getting the latest and most accurate information.

As such, you’re strongly urged to check with your local Chinese embassy prior to planning your trip. With that said, this Pacific Prime China article will provide you with a broad overview of the entry requirements, including who is allowed to enter and the COVID-19 testing/quarantine requirements, as well as any special travel arrangements to know of.

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Entry and travel restrictions

From November 6th, 2020, foreign nationals can travel to China under a valid residence permit for work, personal affairs, or family reunions. However, this does not apply to travelers arriving from the following countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • India
  • Italy
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

Nevertheless, entry by holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy, or C visas will still be allowed as usual.

COVID-19 testing and quarantine measures

From November 6th, 2020, all visitors to China must have proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 using both a PCR test and a serological test. The tests must be undertaken no more than 48 hours prior to departure:

  • Chinese nationals: Upload the negative test results onto their mobile Health QR Code application in order to obtain a “green code” containing an “HS” designation. This code must then be presented to the airline staff prior to the traveler being allowed to board the flight.
  • Foreign nationals: Submit copies of the negative test result, passport information page, and a signed health declaration form to the Chinese embassy. After verification, the embassy will issue a certified health declaration form, which must be presented to airline staff prior to the traveler being allowed to board the flight.

Wherever possible, travelers are urged to book direct flights to China in order to avoid complications with testing and document verification while in transit. If in doubt, please check directly with your local Chinese embassy or consulate.

Upon arriving in China, travelers must also undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated location. For those entering via Shanghai, they have the option of undergoing a 7-day quarantine at a designated location, followed by a 7-day self-isolation at home.

Special travel arrangements with countries

If there is a special travel arrangement in place, then slightly different rules may apply regarding the process of entering China. For example, these include rules and regulations to do with entry clearance and/or quarantine.

“Fast-Lane” Immigration Clearance for Singaporean Travelers

From June 8th, 2020, Singaporean travelers going to China for business can benefit from a ‘fast-lane’ immigration clearance if they meet the following criteria:

  • Be sponsored by either a company or a government agency in China.
  • Have a valid invitation letter from the sponsoring firm.
  • Self-monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms in the 14 days prior to departure.
  • Have proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 using the PCR method, which has been issued no more than 48 hours prior to departure.

Upon arrival, fast-tracker users must:

  • Test negative for COVID-19 using both a PCR and serological test.
  • Undergo a 1-2 days quarantine at a designated location while awaiting test results.
  • Use the local Health QR code system for their duration of their stay in China.
  • Not use public transport in China.
  • Visit only these regions in China: Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin, or Zhejiang.

“Fast-Track” Immigration Clearance for Korean Travelers

From May 1st, 2020, Korean travelers going to China for business can benefit from a ‘fast-track’ immigration clearance if they meet the following criteria:

  • Be sponsored by a Korean or Chinese firm in China that has permission to use the ‘fast-track’ program.
  • Have a valid letter of invitation from the sponsoring firm.
  • Self-monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms during the 14 days prior to departure.
  • Have proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 from a healthcare provider designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, which has been issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

Upon arrival, fast-tracker users must:

  • Test negative for COVID-19 using both a PCR and serological test.
  • Undergo a 1-2 days quarantine at a designated location while awaiting test results.
  • Not use public transport in China
  • Visit only these regions in China: Anhui, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanghai, Sichuan, and Tianjin.

Quarantine-free entry for arrivals from Macau SAR

From August 12th, 2020, arrivals from Macau SAR can bypass the quarantine requirement if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have not traveled outside Macau SAR during the 14 consecutive days prior to their intended arrival.
  • Have proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 using the PCR method, which has been issued no more than 7 days prior to departure.

Traveling to China during the pandemic? Secure a health insurance plan

If you’re traveling to China during the pandemic, you should familiarize yourself with how China’s healthcare system has been affected by it. You’re also strongly advised to secure a health insurance plan that provides you with adequate cover. As an insurance agent, Pacific Prime China can help you navigate the complex world of insurance.

Whether you’re looking for travel insurance, international health insurance, or any other plan, we leverage our partnerships with the top insurers in the region to bring you vetted plans. What’s more, we also provide you with an impartial consultation, meaningful plan comparison, and a no-obligation quote! Get in touch today!

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Disclaimer: Pacific Prime China solely represents, operates and manages locally regulated insurance products and services in the territory of PR China. Any references to Pacific Prime Global Company or Group, the international services, insurance products or otherwise stated written or verbally, is for introduction purposes about our overseas network only as each entity is fully independent.

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